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Seattle Will Dismiss All Marijuana Tickets

A Seattle police officer dismisses previously given out tickets for marijuana possession.

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Seattle Will Dismiss All Marijuana Tickets

Earlier this summer, one terribly bitter Seattle cop gained a lot of media attention and also caught a lot of flak for issuing too many marijuana tickets. Randy Jokela was single-handedly responsible for writing 80 percent of the total number of tickets for the entire city within a just a few months. Reports reveal that the cop had a personal stance against the new laws in Washington and decided to take matters into his own hands by arbitrarily punishing residents at his own convenience.

The information was discovered by law enforcement staff while preparing date for the Seattle Police Department’s biannual report. Evidence revealed snarky notes on issued tickets that indicated that, in some cases, Jokela literally flipped a coin to determine whether or not a person was going to get a ticket for smoking cannabis in public. In other cases, the officer disrespectfully addressed the tickets to “Petey Holmes,” the city attorney.

“The issue here isn’t issuing the citations, it is the reason and the intent behind issuing the citations,” said Carmen Best, a spokeswoman for the Seattle Police Department.

Almost one-third of tickets were issued to black people, a demographic that only makes up 8 percent of the population, while another notable portion of tickets were given to homeless people or those who listed transitional housing as their home address.

Following the unsavory findings, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole requested all tickets issued by Jokela be dropped. Accordingly, City Attorney Peter Holmes has agreed that all tickets issued between Jan. 1 and July 31 will be dismissed and anyone who has paid their $27 fine will have their money refunded.

By law, when a person is caught smoking pot in public in Washington, law enforcement has the option to either issue a warning or write a ticket for a $27 fine, although tickets are viewed as a last resort. The police department has released new directives for officers, encouraging them to give verbal warnings before issuing citations and not to issue citations for cannabis use on private property, even when others can see it. Officers have also been advised not to seize the marijuana.

“The goal all along has been not to issue tickets as much as to change behavior,” Holmes said.

Have you had issues with local law enforcement for smoking cannabis in your state? Tell us about your experience.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Darlyn

    October 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    The police came into my home without a warrant. They put my boyfriend into handcuffs and attempted to arrest him FOR A HALF OF A JOINT!

  2. Anthony

    October 7, 2014 at 3:47 am

    The first time I was pulled over. The cop asked if he could search my car because he smelled something while putting me and my girl at the time in handcuffs. He asked was their anything he needs to know about. Told him no. He searched the whole car found nothing until his back up told him to check my glove box. He found 16 grams. My second encounter, I was in a rental car going down a one way. I kept changing lanes only to avoid pot holes. An undercover pulled me over and gave me the usual. Well due to my first arrest I lawyered up. The officer asked for me to step out, I asked why and if I could call my lawyer first he said no and because you where swerving back there, so we want to make sure nothing is in here. I knew what I had on me but I refused because to me that was not probable cause to search. This whole time I’m looking for the lawyers number. I find the wrong Ivan in my phone. I dial the number while exiting. They place my phone on the top of the car and pat me down. The officer gets to my waist as I hear a hello from my phone. I reached to flip the phone when I’m slung around. My phone flys out my hand and two more cops join in on the slinging. I’m then thrown to the ground head first by 3 officers. They ended up busting my head from the impact and the knee that kept my head from moving. Now im only 145 what the he’ll am I gonna do to a six foot a good 200 pound officer. Not to mention they had the dogs so I wasn’t going anywhere and I did everything they told me to. I live in Indiana. DO NOT VISIT WITH marijua

    • Pat

      October 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      I live in TX, born and raised here, & I am leaving this shit-hole asap for beautiful & permissive Colorado. My wife is from Indianapolis, & I rate what I have seen if Indiana just a bit lower than TX. I can’t think of anything that would cause me to either stay in TX or move to IN. There are far better places to live in this country.

  3. Jay Neer

    October 7, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Nevada tells you not allowed in public period

  4. Gabby

    October 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I got pulled over. I had all my smoking supplies on me which I know is stupid, but I didn’t have a med card yet, I had an appointment at the office the next day to go apply to see if I could get certified. But that’s not good enough, due to laws and how they are inforced.. Some cops let the kids go free without any charge while others get the charge I think it’s unfair for the discrimation against marijuana. It should be decriminalized for ALL PUBLIC — USE. it’s even in the bible god bares every seed on earth to heal and feed thyself. Genisis. I can’t remeber the exact numbers but I could look it up if I felt like it. END PROHIBITION NOW PLEASE

    • Gabby

      October 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Also I would just like to state that I have been through lots of things in the 19 years I’ve been around. I have anxiety, I’ve went through a major weight loss in the past year, due to our food yuck, organic only please, and many other problems. My life isn’t perfect but I make the best of every day, I have a plan for my future involving a bussiness degree from western also I would like to major in psychology. Some shit I figure out Blows My Mind. I just want to end the madness of prohibition y’all didn’t like it when liquor went thru prohibition so let the plant be free.

  5. Jeremy

    October 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Y is it not leagal in every state now that I smoked it somewhere an now back at home in tx I can’t seem to keep a good job any more

    • Jeremy

      October 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Do I try using fake bake to keep THC out of me

      • Josh

        October 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

        hell no that shit made me have seizures, totally diffrent high it’s like smoking pot then doing meth fake bakes bad af for you too and taste like pure chemicals and smoking kitchen spices

    • Will

      October 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Is this in English?

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